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Robbie Ray | Starting Pitcher | #38

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 12 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Robbie Ray wasn't very good Saturday, allowing five runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings, but he still earned the win against the Dodgers.
Such is the nature of the win statistic, which awarded Ray for getting through five innings and being only slightly less bad than Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda on this day. Ray gave up a leadoff homer to Kike Hernandez among his nine hits allowed, and he also walked two while whiffing six. The win, deserving or otherwise, improved Ray to 2-0 on the year with a 3.42 ERA. He'll have a good shot at remaining undefeated when the D'backs face the Padres on Thursday. Apr 23 - 1:34 AM

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Robbie Ray held the Dodgers to two runs -- one earned -- and struck out 10 in six innings Monday.

Ray walked four and gave up a homer, but after pitching out of trouble the first two innings, he was pretty clean over the final four. After three starts, Ray has a 1.96 ERA, 24 strikeouts and 12 walks in 18 1/3 innings. He'll keep racking up the K's, but the walks are going to catch up to him somewhat.
Apr 18 - 2:02 AM

Robbie Ray struck out eight over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat the Giants on Tuesday.

Ray walked five and gave up four hits, but all of those hits were singles. It helped that he was facing a Giants lineup with Aaron Hill batting cleanup; Buster Posey, Denard Span and Brandon Crawford were all absent. Ray has the stuff to retire the better hitters, but we'll still have to wait and see if he can do it consistently this year.
Apr 12 - 1:47 AM

Robbie Ray allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Thursday.

Ray would have wound up with a win if he could have gotten one more out in the sixth, but he was pulled after a walk and an RBI double with two outs. The Diamondbacks were down 3-2 at that point, but they came back with four in the bottom of the sixth and won 9-3.
Apr 7 - 1:52 AM

Robbie Ray surrendered three runs in four innings against the Indians in Friday's Cactus League loss.

He allowed only three hits but two of them sailed over the fence. He struck out five batters and walked two. Ray is often mentioned as a sleeper candidate because of his massive strikeout rate last season but his spring training results have been underwhelming. He will leave camp with a 5.11 ERA after seven starts. He tallied 27 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. He made 32 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2016, finishing with an 8-15 record, a 4.90 ERA and an amazing 218 strikeouts in just 174 1/3 innings.
Apr 1 - 1:06 AM

Robbie Ray was ejected from his Cactus League start on Sunday for arguing balls and strikes.

The issue wasn't with the calls that he was getting on the mound; Ray took exception to a called third strike that he took while at the dish, prompting the argument. Before getting tossed, the southpaw allowed six runs on six hits over his four innings of work. Perhaps the frustration from his poor outing boiled over.
Mar 26 - 6:13 PM

Robbie Ray held the Royals to two earned runs over five innings Tuesday in the Diamondbacks' 4-2 Cactus League victory.

Ray is now 3-0 on the spring, for whatever that's worth. He struck out six and issued only one walk, though former teammate Peter O'Brien popped him for a solo homer in the second and Jorge Soler added a solo shot of his own in the fifth. Ray carries a very high-risk, high-reward fantasy profile into the 2017 season after striking out 218 batters over just 174 2/3 innings in 2016. That big strikeout total came with a disappointing 8-15 record and a 4.90 ERA.
Mar 21 - 6:50 PM

Robbie Ray allowed three runs -- two earned -- while punching out seven batters in four innings of work in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

He gave up four hits and no walks. Despite the rough outing, Ray has pitched well so far in camp. He has a 2.31 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings. Still just 25 years old, Ray is coming off a campaign in which he registered an 8-15 record with a 4.90 ERA and an eye-popping 218 strikeouts in 174 1/3 innings in 2016.
Mar 16 - 7:58 PM

Robbie Ray allowed one run on three hits over 3 1/3 innings during Saturday's Cactus League win over the Giants.

Ray struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. One of the more maddening fantasy options on the landscape, the 25-year-old southpaw has plenty of strikeout potential -- he fanned 218 batters in 174 1/3 innings last season -- but has yet to put it all together. Over the course of 32 starts in 2016, Ray posted a 4.90 ERA and 1.46 WHIP to pair with those 218 whiffs. NL-only leaguers are not advised to shy away from Ray completely, but should be aware that drafting him could result in an adventure of a season.
Mar 11 - 7:31 PM

Robbie Ray spun three scoreless innings against the Royals on Monday.

Ray allowed three hits and walked none while striking out one. The southpaw was shaky in his spring debut last week, so this was a nice step forward for him. Ray compiled a mediocre 4.90 ERA over 32 starts last season, but he was tied for fourth in the majors in strikeout percentage. He figures to have some momentum as a potential breakout pick this spring.
Mar 6 - 6:55 PM

Robbie Ray walked three and struck out one over 1 1/3 shutout innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' Cactus League loss to the White Sox.

Ray began his day by walking three of the first four batters but somehow escaped the inning without allowing a run. He only faced one batter in the second before being spelled by Zack Godley. Ray tied for fourth in the NL with 218 strikeouts last year but watched his ERA skyrocket to 4.90. He still has some rough edges to smooth out but we’re guessing Ray’s best years are still ahead of him.
Mar 1 - 7:25 PM

Robbie Ray dropped to 8-15 after giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.

Ray finishes with an 11.25 K/9 IP, which ranks 21st all-time among pitchers to qualify for the ERA title. Unfortunately, he also finishes with a 4.90 ERA, which is the third highest mark ever for a pitcher with 200 strikeouts. Many will look at the strikeouts and label him as a 2017 breakthrough candidate. We're not quite as optimistic; he should be quite a bit better than this, but he doesn't project as a top-of-the-rotation guy.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Robbie Ray allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

Ray's struggles continue, as he's now 8-14 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 31 starts. The southpaw has struck out a whopping 215 batters on the year, but little else has been ideal in his sophomore year as a full-time starter. Ray will get one more start to try to go out on a high note, taking on the Nationals on Thursday.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:07:00 PM

Robbie Ray racked up eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings on Sunday, put also surrendered five runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

Ray also issued a pair of free passes in the ballgame. He carried a shutout into the fifth inning where Kike Hernandez launched a solo home run. He then ran into an ambush in the sixth where the Dodgers pushed another four runs across before chasing him from the game. The left-hander now sports a 4.66 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 210/63 K/BB ratio across 166 innings on the season. He'll take on the Orioles in Baltimore his next time out on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 09:30:00 PM

Robbie Ray was unable to secure a quality start in Tuesday's win over the Rockies, allowing four runs on six hits over five innings.

Ray struck out seven and walked one on the evening. The start began poorly enough, as he yielded three runs in the first inning. Opposing starter Jorge De La Rosa was even less effective, though, and Ray ultimately came away with a win. His results throughout the season have swung wildly between encouraging (he struck out 12 in his last start) and infuriating (he surrendered six runs the start before that). Overall, the 24-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.55 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 202/61 K/BB ratio over 160 1/3 innings. A home start against the Dodgers awaits him next time he toes the rubber.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 01:11:00 AM

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2Taijuan Walker
3Robbie Ray
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